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The first DDG test bed USS GYATT (DDG-1), ex-Gearing class DD-712. She was converted to DDG-712 in 1956 and then became DDG-1 in 1957

This designation (and the patch) was short lived as she was converted back to conventional DD-712 in 1962 and decommissioned in 1969

In the photo you can see her missile battery mounted on her fantail

 

DDG 1 USS GYATT 001.jpg

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Charles F. Adams class USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5) Originally designated as USS BIDDLE (DD-955)

Two of her DDG patches, her 1979 Persian Gulf Crisis patch (she was a charter member of the Persian Gulf Yacht Club)

and her 1983 Beirut Crisis International Force Patch

 

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USS LYNDE McCORMICK (DDG-8) In service from 1959 to 1991 CAMELPAC 1983-1984

 

These came from an OS1 who was aboard during their tour with Battle Group Echo when they were rerouted from WESTPAC to Central America

 

Westpac 1983-1984 - Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, .......Ports We Almost Saw

DDG 8 USS LYNDE MCCORMICK 002.jpg

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Thanks Serge,

 

Charles F. Adams class USS BERKELEY (DDG-15) In service 1962 to 1991

 

Large Westpac jacket patch and ships patches from their 1981 deployment. Much better than their 79/80 Iranian Crisis neverport deployment

 

Underway on 27 February 1981, Berkeley sailed to Pearl Harbor and then on to Guam, mooring there on 21 March. While en route to Subic Bay in early April, she conducted both antisubmarine and antiair warfare exercises, an underway routine that became the pattern for this deployment. The warship then joined other 7th Fleet units for a port visit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand, before participating in Exercise "Sea-Siam 81-2." Berkeley joined Royal Thai Navy warships in a variety of maneuvers, including tactical communications, formation keeping, and antisubmarine warfare. The guided missile destroyer then moved back to Subic Bay, after diverting for stops at Sattahip, Thailand, and Hong Kong, where she joined the Kitty Hawk battle group. Departing on 13 May, the group sailed into the Indian Ocean for six weeks of antiair and surface warfare exercises before putting into Geraldton, Australia, for a week-long port visit in mid-July. Berkeley returned to Subic Bay on 4 August for three weeks of maintenance before steaming for home on 1 September arriving in San Diego on 21 September

DDG 15 USS BERKELEY WESTPAC 81 001.jpg

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Charles F. Adams class USS COYNGHAM (DDG-17) In service 1963 until her ill fated demise due to an onboard fire in 1990

 

Mainspace fire at sea 1990
Conyngham suffered a severe fire on 8 May 1990, while conducting pre-deployment operations off the Virginia coast. A major fuel oil fire erupted from the ship's Forward Fire Room into the ship's superstructure, isolating the crew forward and aft, requiring an all-hands effort to extinguish it. The ship had just completed a maintenance availability and a fuel oil strainer had not been assembled properly by a contractor and not inspected to verify assembly by ships company. The result was that the assembly failed catastrophically and started a fuel oil fire that raged for twenty-three hours, caused an officer to die, 18 other sailors to be injured and the ship to be decommissioned shortly thereafter. USS Normandy (CG-60) and USS Briscoe (DD-977) rendered assistance during the incident.

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